|Inside the finished 1841 Replica|
|Setting the gunnels.|
|Anders looking over the racing baidarka, ready for paint.|
|Bending steamed wood onto a cockpit form.|
Bit by bit our kayaks come to life. One of my favorite things about the 1841 replica are a few unique artistic or shamanistic additions made by the man, identity lost to time, who put them there. One is a small carved otter on the frame below a deck beam, where only he would ever look. The other are blue lines along the masik or the curved deck beams near the cockpit that had sea lion whiskers in them. We used blue whale baleen. These could have been strong spiritual symbols for the kayaker, or simply personal designs for fun. Who knows what unique symbols will be born within my own kayak.
|Sewing the bow of the 1841 replica.|